StateWays - January/February 2017

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StateWays | | January/February 2017 4 NOTE e d i t o r ' s EDITOR JEREMY NEDELKA Tel: 203-855-8499 ext. 2213 MANAGING EDITOR KYLE SWARTZ Tel: 203-855-8499 ext. 2225 ART DIRECTOR ANDREA SCHNEIDER CONTRIBUTING EDITORS MELISSA NIKSIC, JACK ROBERTIELLO AND THOMAS HENRY STRENK SR. REGIONAL SALES MANAGERS BRUCE KOSTIC Tel: 203-855-8499, ext. 2215 MARK MARCON Tel: 763-383-4456 DEBBIE RITTENBERG Tel: 763-383-4455 SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST MARINA VELEZ VICE PRESIDENT, BEVERAGE AMY COLLINS PRODUCTION DIRECTOR CHERRI PERSCHMANN Tel: 763-383-4425 REPRINTS Circulation and Audience Development Manager ROBIN COOPER LIST RENTAL JIM SCOVA Tel: 914-368-1012 StateWays is published by Beverage Information Group, a division of EPG Media & Specialty Information EDITORIAL OFFICES 17 High St., 2nd Fl., Norwalk, CT 06851 Tel: 203-855-8499 | Fax: 203-855-9446 EXECUTIVE OFFICES 10405 Sixth Ave. N., Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55441 Tel: 763-383-4400 | Fax: 763-383-4499 EMPHASIZE THE POSITIVE IN 2017 EVERY CONTROL AGENCY FACES THE same challenge: balancing the needs of various constituencies, some more powerful than others. Beverage alcohol control provides tax revenue, consumer education and enforcement program funding, but it's also (incorrectly) seen by some as an outdated, anti-free market system that creates higher prices while limiting selection. It's the job of control state administrators to showcase the best of their agency's work, and implement innovative solutions, to dispel the negative stereotypes of a control system. The Mis- sissippi ABC is fi ghting every day to improve its operations and public image, despite limited fund- ing and support. Department of Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson is improving communications, staffi ng, warehouse technology and other aspects of the agency's operations (see page 12), in a state with tight fi scal restraints and a complex patch- work of alcohol consumption laws that vary by county and city. StateWays provides many opportunities for agencies to highlight the benefi ts of control. The third-annual Best Practices Awards will begin accepting entries in March, the September/October issue will feature responsible consumption programs, and we'll continue to profi le agencies doing good work throughout the year. But there's no need to wait for those opportunities – if your organization has a story to share, let me know. When it comes to sharing positive information with consumers, taxpayers, legislators and other constituents, there's no such thing as too much. • JEREMY NEDELKA, EDITOR NABCA Legal Symposium March 12-14 Alexandria, VA WSWA Convention April 18-21 Orlando, FL NABCA Annual Conference May 22-25 Marco Island, FL NCSLA Annual Conference June 11-14 Denver, CO Beverage Alcohol Retailers Conference June 12-14 Minneapolis, MN NABCA Administrators Conference October 22-25 Grand Rapids, MI 2017 EVENTS CALENDAR

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